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Reading is Magic Show!

   Kick off the 2016 Summer Reading Program "on your mark, get set...read!"  this Monday, June 6th at 3:00 pm with Magician Lanny Kibbey as he celebrates the importance of reading with his "reading is magic" show!  This FREE program is guaranteed fun for children and adults of all ages!  This Summer, in addition to our regular weekly story times for all ages, the children's area will have free shows every Monday afternoon as well as programs and movies every Thursday afternoon.  Come to the Children's Reference desk for your Summer fun calendar or access our online calendar of events! Get Ready - it's gonna be a whole Summer of fun!

Children’s Summer Reading is Coming!

Hard to believe but, in 3 weeks, the 2016 Children’s Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!begins!  This year’s program is shaping up to be one of our best yet!  The fun starts on Monday, June 6th by registering at www.hcpl.net.    This year, the program has been updated to be both book and activity based.  What this means is, children will read or complete 10 activities to earn their certificate, pin and *FREE book.  They can continue on to be a Super Library Learner and complete up to 20 activities and earn a medal.  The 20 activities must include at least 10 reads.  Activities can include but are not limited to:  going to a museum, completing a puzzle, attending a library program, riding a bicycle and the list goes on.  Every Monday at 3:00 pm children can enjoy FREE performer programs such as magic shows, animal shows, science and puppet shows and every Thursday at 3:00 pm there will either be movies or a participation program such as cupcake decorating or Lego Create.  Come in to the library for a Summer calendar or access onlineOn Your Mark, Get Set - and get ready to enjoy a whole Summer of fun! *FREE book while supplies last

Children's Craft Day!

                                  This program is limited to 10 children.  Call 832-559-4235 to register!

Art Explorers!

  This month at Art Explorers, we will learn about American landscape painter and printmaker Winslow Homer and create a seascape using bleeding tissue paper and paint! This program meets on Monday, May 9th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, May 10th at 4:30 pm.  Each session is limited to 20 children, ages 8 – 12Required registration begins Monday, May 2nd by calling the Children’s reference desk at 832-559-4235.

Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

   On April 12th, beloved children's author, Beverly Cleary celebrated her 100th birthday!  First published in 1950, she has written over 3 dozen children's books, sold over 91 million copies worldwide and her books are as popular today as they were when she first wrote them.  Her most famous stories are those about Henry Huggins, Ramona Cleary and the other boys and girls of Klickitat Street in Portland, Oregon.  Cleary, who got her start as a librarian began writing these stories because a boy asked where he could find books about “kids like us”.  She is a true literary giant and we wish her many more candles on her birthday cakes in the years to come! 

April Art Explorers!

  Learn about English book author and illustrator Arthur Rackham and sketch and paint a simple drawing at Art Explorers.  This program meets Monday, April 11th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, April 12th at 4:30 pm in the Children’s Activity Room.   Registration is required and begins on Monday, April 4th by calling the children’s reference desk at 832-559-4235.  Each session is limited to 20 children (ages 8 - 12).

Happy Spring!

  Hard to believe, based on the current temperatures we've been having, but, it is still Winter!  That's all about to change this Saturday, March 20th - the first day of Spring!  Or as we refer to it at the Library - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day!  This classic children's book written by Eric Carle is now in it's 47th year of publication!  A favorite of children and adults of all ages, it is the perfect story about the changes the season of Spring can bring!  A very hungry little caterpillar eats his way through a variety of foods, becomes a very big caterpillar, forms his cocoon, sleeps for 2 weeks and emerges a beautiful butterfly!  After enjoying this book with your child, have fun on the official Eric Carle website with games and book related activities!  Happy Spring!

Art Explorers!

   Children ages 8 - 12 can learn about Author / Illustrator Beatrix Potter and sketch and paint a bunny at Art Explorers!  This FREE program will meet on Monday, March 14th at 1:30 pm in the Children's Area.  Call 832-559-4235 to register!

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

   The National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. The Library will be celebrating this event on Thursday, March 3rd at 1:30 pm during the Choo Choo Club Early Literacy Program in the Children’s Area.  Space is limited to 15 children (and their parents), so, please call for availability at 832-559-4235.  Remember, “you’re never too old, too wacky or wild, to pick up a book and read to a child”!

African American History Month Craft!

    Celebrate African American History Month by learning about the Quilts of Gee's Bend and design and sew a simple patchwork quilt on Thursday, February 18th at 4:30 pm in the Children's Activity Room!  This program is limited to 10 children (ages 8-12).  *All supplies are provided for the sewing craft! Call 832-559-4235 to register.

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